This year’s highlights included a Junior Highland Dancing team; a hands-on pottery demonstration and Fukiya (blow darts).
Residents of what must be one of the Bay of Plenty’s most arty villages showcased their talents last month at the highly anticipated Art, Crafts and Garden Fair.
Held on November 7 and 8, the annual Greenwood Park event featured everything from pottery, ceramics, sculpture and photography, to embroidery, jewellery, woodcraft and gardening items.
With over 20 stalls and live entertainment, there was plenty to attract the crowds.
“Greenwood Park is a particularly artistic village with a number of art, crafts, knitting, pottery and garden groups operating on a weekly basis,” said one of the event organisers, Max Edwards.
“Many of the artists take inspiration from the unique nature of the village environment. With 17 hectares of landscaped grounds, a quail trail nature walk, wetlands and even a mini forest – it’s enough to inspire anybody!”
Max, who has lived at Greenwood Park for 14 years, is among the more than 50 residents and staff who work hard to bring the event to life.
“We turn the main lounge into an impressive art gallery for our resident painters to display their work, and attendees could even try their hand in the pottery room working with clay!”
Each year the fair, which has been running in some form since the 1990s, attracts a large crowd of visitors from Welcome Bay, Tauranga, and other villages throughout the Bay of Plenty. With such a vibrant atmosphere and so many talented residents, it’s not surprising it’s such a hit.